Miner killed at Xstrata Kidd Mine (Canada) is 28-year-old Richard Roy of Chelmsford

3:30 P.M.TIMMINS, ONTARIO – Mining contracting company J.S. Redpath of North Bay has revealed that 28-year-old Richard Roy of Chelmsford is the man who was killed as the result of an accident at the Xstrata Kidd Mine in Timmins Thursday.

Roy, 28, was killed while working at the 8200 level, J.S. Redpath Limited said in a release Friday. According to the information released, the accident occurred sometime shortly before midnight. “He was quickly evacuated and transported to the Timmins and District Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” said the news release.

“This is a terrible occurrence which affects our entire organization. We are supporting Mr. Roy’s family and making counseling available to all of his co-workers. Investigations are commencing to determine the cause of the accident in order to help prevent any future, similar occurrence.” said George Flumerfelt, president and CEO of The Redpath Group.

David Hansman, senior vice-president of J.S. Redpath in North Bay, said the accident “occurred in one of the newer areas of the Kidd Mine.”

Witnesses said that Roy was working with another miner in an Alimak raise(a vertical tunnel) at the time of the accident. Witnesses said once the accident was reported by the man’s partner, Kidd Mine Rescue responded to the area and administered emergency first aid. The man was quickly sent to surface where an ambulance was waiting to rush him to Timmins and District Hospital.


7:30 A.M.TIMMINS, ONTARIO – Kidd Operations regrets to announce that a fatal accident occurred at the mine late in the evening on January 6 when a contractor suffered an injury, was transported to the hospital but unfortunately died from his injury, said a news release from Xstrata Kidd Mine earlier today.

The individual, who worked for J.S. Redpath Limited, was injured while working underground. Management immediately triggered the mine’s emergency response procedures and the individual was transported to the Timmins and District Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The Ontario Ministry of Labour and Timmins Police have been notified. At this time, Kidd Operations will not release the name of the individual. “This is a terrible incident. We will now concentrate our efforts on supporting all the employees at the minesite and the family of the deceased individual. We will investigate this incident to find out exactly what occurred” said Tom Semadeni, General Manager at Xstrata Copper Canada’s Kidd Operations. Timmins Police and the Ontario Ministry of Labour will also conduct their own.

As yet, there is no indication what level the Redpath employee was working on, nor the nature of his work.

The last time a miner died at the Xstrata Kidd Mine was in July 2007 when Lyle Dufoe drove a scooptram over the edge of an open stope on the 5700 level.

This is the first mining death of 2011 in Timmins and the first mining death locally in more than three years. In 2007, there were three separate mining deaths in the city at the Xstrata Kidd Mine, at the Goldcorp Hoyle Pond Mine and at the Liberty nickel mine.



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